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Results 61–80 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:John Barrett

Members' Allowances (30 Apr 2009)

John Barrett: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the worst abuses has not been covered today, and that is the use of grace and favour homes? Expenses are there to cover additional costs. There are no additional costs for those living in Downing street and they should not be claiming for constituency homes.

Members' Allowances (30 Apr 2009)

John Barrett: Would that mean that, following a general election, it would be the House's responsibility to redeploy those members of staff whose former employers had lost their seats?

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Iraq War Inquiry (25 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: One other person who has sadly passed away since the time of the decision to go to war and who would have made an eloquent contribution to the debate today is the late Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook. If he is looking down on us, he will be adding his voice to the argument for an inquiry on Iraq. Every speaker today has agreed that there ought to be an inquiry. The only question is exactly when...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Iraq War Inquiry (25 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Iraq War Inquiry (25 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman recall that at the time it was put by his Labour Government to Saddam Hussein that if he gave up his weapons of mass destruction, he could remain in power?

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Iraq War Inquiry (25 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: The right hon. Gentleman said that the News of the World had mentioned the possibility of an inquiry. Does he recollect some of the news headlines at the time, which set the mood of the nation in the run-up to the war? The Sun carried the headline "Brits 45 mins from doom", while another newspaper carried the headline "Ready to Attack: 45 Minutes from a Chemical War". What is in a newspaper...

Business of the House (19 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: The Leader of the House knows that although the Government have a good-sized majority, the vast majority of the British public voted for Members of Parliament who sit on the Opposition side of the House. May we have a debate on the need for electoral reform, so that the Government of the day have the support of the majority of the people?

Food Labelling Regulations (Amendment): New Clause 4 — Disability living allowance for blind claimants (17 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the sense of unfairness felt by those who are visually impaired stretches to the wider public, who have always regarded it as unfair that visually impaired people did not get this benefit? If the Bill is passed tonight, it will not just be the recipients who will say that that is fair; the general public will also say that it is a long overdue correction of...

Food Labelling Regulations (Amendment): New Clause 1 — Jobseeker's allowance (17 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: The hon. Gentleman said that many former Woolworths employees were not claiming benefits, but does he accept that that was because they were not entitled to them? Many of those workers were women who worked part-time.

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: Unemployment (10 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the worst is yet to come? The Royal Bank of Scotland's headquarters are in my constituency. The bank has announced 2,300 job losses, but the new chief executive who has taken over from Sir Fred Goodwin has said that the full number will be around 20,000. There are more job losses to come in that sector.

Film Industry (10 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: Does the Minister accept that a problem in using section 6 is that the Act is relatively recent and has not been shown to be effective? Something much simpler is needed so that more effective prosecutions can be brought, because until that happens there will be no deterrent and the business will carry on.

Film Industry (10 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: I accept that it has been three years since the Act was passed, but there have been no prosecutions in that time. I know that the youngsters who were not prosecuted were about 14, but if we have got to the stage at which 90 per cent. of first-release DVDs originate from camcorder recording, and there have been no prosecutions in three years, the evidence is fairly clear that something is not...

Film Industry (10 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: "In the cinema, you dream with your eyes open." Those words were spoken by Bernardo Bertolucci at the Edinburgh international film festival some years ago, and for me they sum up why we are having this debate. The film industry in the UK is important for a wide variety of reasons. It is important culturally, creatively, economically, technically and for many other reasons. At one end of the...

[Janet Anderson in the Chair] — Adults with Learning Disabilities (5 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: Today's debate not only is on an important subject that requires parliamentary time, but is at the heart of what we in the House should constantly be pushing up the agenda. At a time when the economic downturn dominates the news and when tens of billions of pounds are being injected into a banking sector in which salaries and bonuses are paid in millions of pounds to some and six-figure...

[Janet Anderson in the Chair] — Adults with Learning Disabilities (5 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: That is a key factor in the entire costing of the massive costs that are involved in care. Whatever it costs to care—through trained nurses, support staff or whatever—a massive burden of care is currently taken on by families. Whether younger people are looking after elderly people or parents are looking after their children, the big worry is what will happen when they have gone. In many...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (24 Feb 2009)

John Barrett: The Foreign Secretary may have seen the recent report from Amnesty International that details the use of white phosphorous artillery shells by the Israeli army against civilians in the recent offensive in Gaza. What action will he and the Government take as a result of those actions?

Royal Assent: Social Security (12 Feb 2009)

John Barrett: It is interesting that in a week when much of the news has been about people at the other end of the pay scale—those earning large sums of money—we are considering people who are surviving on benefits, and who are very much at the opposite end of the scale. Sadly, important though the measures before us are, they will not get the same news coverage as people who have been getting large...

Royal Assent: Social Security (12 Feb 2009)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we are entering a unique situation in the year ahead? It is possible that we will have negative inflation during this recession, so pensioners' inflation might rise at the same time as the indices used to calculate the uprating of benefits actually fall.

Royal Assent: Social Security (12 Feb 2009)

John Barrett: The Minister mentioned that a lot of pensioners are able to access information about benefits by telephone. One of the issues raised in the equivalent debate last year was the poor quality of service given by a number of call centres. Is she convinced that things have moved on and that when people phone up for help they get the support and advice they need?

Royal Assent: Social Security (12 Feb 2009)

John Barrett: I wish to put on record the fact that I appreciated having early sight of the Minister's statement and that the Liberal Democrats welcome her decision not to reclaim these amounts, even where the sums are relatively small. We appreciate that, and we know that many constituents up and down the country will too.


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